Crew Tried To Abort Takeoff At Close To V1
a probable cause report on last week's fatal crash of a Learjet 60
as it attempted to takeoff from in Columbia, SC is at least a year
away, investigators believe the plane's crew was attempting to
abort the takeoff due to a suspected blown tire.
National Transportation Safety Board member Debbie Hersman told
the Associated Press a cockpit voice recording indicates, "The crew
reacted to a sound that was consistent with a tire blowout." She
added pieces of tire were recovered about 2,800 feet from where the
plane started its takeoff run on the 8,600-foot runway.
Hersman said an investigation is underway.
As ANN reported, former Blink-182 drummer
Travis Barker and Hollywood DJ Adam Goldstein were thrown from the
plane, suffering from second- and third-degree burns. They're
expected to fully recover. Both pilots and two other passengers
It has been determined that the plane was traveling at or above
its minimum takeoff speed when the crew thought the tire burst.
Officials will now attempt to gain any insight into why the
pilots may have decided aborting the takeoff was preferable to
rotating and getting airborne.
Regis#: 999LJ Make/Model:
LJ60 Description: LEARJET 60
Date: 09/20/2008 Time: 0356
Event Type: Accident Highest Injury:
Fatal Mid Air: N Missing:
City: COLUMBIA State: SC Country:
AIRCRAFT ON DEPARTURE ROLL, WENT OFF THE END OF THE RUNWAY
THERE WERE SIX PERSONS ON BOARD, FOUR WERE FATALLY INJURED,
UNKNOWN INJURIES, COLUMBIA, SC
INJURY DATA Total
# Crew: 2 Fat:
# Pass: 4 Fat:
0 Unk: 2
Fat: 0 Ser:
WEATHER: KCAE 200556Z 06006KT 10SM CLR 18/12 A3021
Activity: Unknown Phase:
Take-off Operation: OTHER
FAA FSDO: COLUMBIA, SC
Entry date: 09/22/2008